Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Retrospective Day 5 - Varingr Mercenary Infantry... (and some Black Templars!)

Many moons ago, the good folk of decided to revitalise the concept of the Squats - basically, space dwarves - and this gave rise to the Varingr. The Varingr, it was argued, was the name that the Squats had for themselves, and that they were not all destroyed by the Tyranids. For one thing, there would have been many Varingr in the wider Imperium, and many more on board mining ships, transport vessels, and so on and so forth. So what was their place now? With their wider society wrecked by monstrous alien super-predators, Orks, and other opportunistic raiders and aliens, not to mention the ultra-xenophobic Imperium of Humanity, what would the survivors do? Well, the most likely option is that some would carry on working for the IoH, and most would become nomadic traders and mercenaries.

I liked this idea, of nomad miner-mercenaries, trading and fighting across the galaxy, and so I came up with some rules for them which can be found in this thread here and then... did nothing.

That was in 2009.

So, six years later, I finally got off my bum, and did something about it - et voila:

A squad of Varingr mercenaries carrying bolt carbines, supported by a flamer, in Tau service! Figures from the inimitable Kev White of Hasslefree Miniatures.

Oh, and just to prove I have in fact been painting other things...

Black Templars! AMEN AND ATTACK!

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